New York Times

When the Rear Garden Grows the 28-Story Public Hotel

Posted October 19, 2018 at 5:09 am

For the last year, 215 Chrystie Street has been the address of Ian Schrager’s posh Public Hotel (and condos). Before the 28-story development, though, this city parcel was the rear yard, and garden, for the Thelma Burke building on Stanton Street. The New York Times just published a new feature, “How a Garden for the […]

Clayton Patterson Kisses for New York Times Magazine

Posted June 7, 2018 at 5:06 am

Prolific Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson and wife Elsa Rensaa are together on the front page of the New York Times Magazine this week. Smooching. The cover is one of 24 unique takes for the occasion, in which couples kissed during a 24-hour period back in mid-May. Photographer Ryan McGinley captured the images. Patterson […]

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That Time a Sniper Murdered a Shopkeeper on Orchard Street [HISTORY]

Posted March 31, 2016 at 5:13 am

As controversial owner-developer Ben Shaoul constructs his ten-story condo-plex at 196 Orchard Street, we thought it fitting to exhume some of the criminal history behind this high-profile Lower East Side corner. It was April 1934, and Mrs. Yetta Einhorn, 40, was standing in the doorway of her husband’s “cut-rate” bread shop at 198 Orchard Street. She had […]

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State Senator Calls for Moratorium on Liquor Licenses in Inwood; LES Next?

Posted October 27, 2015 at 11:12 am

Hold a mirror to the Lower East Side and you roughly get Inwood. Yup, the northernmost Manhattan neighborhood is struggling with a gold rush of nightlife reminiscent of what’s happening here at home. Hot-spot establishments are proliferating. Now the local State Senator who represents that district – Adriano D. Espaillat – is calling on the […]

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That Time When Locals Wanted to Rename the Bowery ‘Piccadilly’ or ‘Parkhurst Avenue’

Posted September 18, 2014 at 10:33 am

In an age when the Bowery moniker is gold – emblazoned across apparel and television screens – it’s difficult to fathom how its name was once threatened. At the turn of the last century, a collection of local Bowery merchants petitioned on numerous occasions to force the city to rename the thoroughfare. At least three […]

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The 1970 Car Crash that Nearly Knocked Out Yonah Schimmel’s

Posted August 7, 2014 at 9:12 am

This photo, culled from the FDNY archive, is crazy. Over forty years ago to the day (August 1, 1970), twenty-three-year-old Brooklynite Robert Sackett crashed his 1962 Cadillac directly into the body of 214 Forsyth Street. He had been driving eastbound along Houston at 8am, colliding with “two trees and a hydrant as [the car] hurtled […]

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That and a Nickel Will Get You on the Second Avenue El

Posted April 11, 2014 at 10:36 am

I stumbled upon an interesting (albeit short) article in the New York Times from January 1913, which caught my eye because it describes a unique incident that took place on Allen and Grand Streets. “Two children get child and a nickel from woman, who disappears.” That’s the byline. Apparently a young woman paid two twelve-year-old […]

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Bowery Boogie Writers Make an Appearance in Bill Cunningham’s ‘On the Street’ Profile

Posted December 2, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Two of our writers, husband-wife designer-writer-duo Lori Greenberg and David Bergman, were featured in Bill Cunningham’s weekly “On the Street Section” in the New York Times. David and I were at the Union Square Farmer’s Market, shopping for ingredients for a “Thanksgiv-ukah” feast. We were at two different farm stands, when David saw Bill Cunningham, […]

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New York Times Discovers Life Below Delancey

Posted May 8, 2013 at 6:20 am

In case you might have thought otherwise, the Lower East Side south of Delancey is firmly in the crosshairs of gentrification. And now the so-called paper of record makes it official with a fairly derivative puff piece about this micro-neighborhood (some call it LoDel). Yes, the New York Times discovers that there’s actually life (and […]

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The Great White Hurricane of 1888 [PHOTOS]

Posted February 9, 2013 at 10:27 am

Gosh, don’t we all just love blizzards? I do, especially ones that change NYC’s infrastructure forever like say March 14, 1888?

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